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Flight Test Pilot 2 - Fixed Wing at Garmin AT

Posted in Aviation/Aerospace 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: Salem, Oregon

Job Description:

GPS Manufacturer/Distributor

As a leading worldwide provider of navigation devices and wearable technology, our focus is on developing, designing and supporting superior products. Our advanced technology promotes performance, safety and ease of use in every market we serve. That makes us an engineering and technology company with a keen focus on recruiting talent in those fields. But the same vertical integration business model that keeps all design and manufacturing processes in-house also gives us the incentive to hire top performers from different backgrounds, including operations, finance and accounting, information technology, sales, marketing and communications.



Garmin AT, located in Salem, OR, is seeking a Flight Test Pilot to flight test and certify avionics systems installations in FAR (Federal Aviation Regulations) 23 and 25 aircraft.  Define and execute ground and flight tests necessary to develop and certify Garmin avionics systems.  Assist in the development of design and certification documentation in support of the development and certification of avionics systems.  Coordinate with other Garmin Aircraft Certification staff and FAA Aircraft Certification Office to assure system certification.


Other key responsibilities include:


  • Act as pilot in command of aircraft for the purpose of conducting development and certification flight test of Garmin avionics

  • Able to operate data collection systems and post process flight test data

  • May act as Flight Test Project Lead

  • Create and execute development/certification bench, ground and flight test plans

  • Create test reports and other compliance data

  • Understands and is able to maintain basic test aircraft configurations

  • Identifies issues during flight test and verifies that issues identified during flight test are resolved.

  • Provides reliable solutions to a variety of problems using sound problem solving techniques

  • Leverages understanding of operational characteristics of the system under development/test to contribute to system design

  • Create and review system level requirements documents and aircraft certification documentation, including certification plans, data, and reports

  • Analyze regulatory and safety aspects of new avionics systems including installation and operation

  • Assist in the development of Fault Hazard Analysis and System Safety Analysis documentation in support of aircraft certification projects

  • Define applicable regulations and provide guidance related to cockpit human factors and all other aspects of avionics performance and operation

  • Assist in the preparation and verification of new avionics installation documentation, operations manuals, training material, and other certification documents

  • Leverages understanding of certification process and associated regulations in review of certification plans for basic certification projects

  • Offers suggestions to improve processes and the safety of the flight test organization

  • May act as certification lead or project manager for assigned projects Communicate and facilitate with FAA/ACO (Federal Aviation Administration / Aircraft Certification Office) and FAA/MIDO (Federal Aviation Administration / Manufacturing Inspection District Office) and proactively seek resolution of issues

Qualified candidates possess a Bachelor of Science in Electrical, Mechanical, Computer,  or Aerospace Engineering or Science from a four-year college or university AND a minimum of one year relevant experience OR an equivalent combination of education and experience and  

  • Outstanding academics (cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 3.0 as a general rule)

  • Strong organizational skills

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Commercial Pilot Certificate - Airplane Single & Multi-Engine Land

  • 2nd Class FAA Medical Certificate

  • Minimum of 1,000 hrs. total flight time

  • Demonstrates basic understanding of certification processes and associated regulations

  • Previous experience using advanced avionic

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Previous experience using Garmin aviation products

  •  Previous experience with the FAA certification process (TC/STC) applicable to avionics

  • FAA DER/ODA Flight Test Pilot authorization

  • Previous experience in systems engineering or software development

  • Superior academics (cumulative GPA greater than or equal to 3.5)

  • Rotorcraft/Helicopter pilot certification

Our benefits, designed to lead an evolving marketplace, support innovation and encourage a healthy balance between work and life, keep us competitive and allow our associates to make their own decisions about their well-being and future. We offer a choice of healthcare plans?with low or no premiums?which consistently rank in the 90th percentile when compared to other high-tech employers, plus dental and vision plans for you and your family. In addition, our financial benefits rate 82% above the median for technology companies comparable in size. Our 401K retirement plan provides 5% of pay base contribution plus a match of 75 cents for every dollar you contribute to a maximum of 10% of your compensation. The employee stock purchase plan allows for shares to be bought at a 15% discount.



Garmin International is an equal opportunity employer.  Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran?s status, age or disability.